New regulations for the workers of the embassies based in Belgium !
Social law, labour law
1.- As Capital city of the EU, home city of the NATO and a lot of other international organizations, Brussels is, after New York, the city in the world with the most embassies.
All those embassies have, off course, to hire in Belgium workers in order to assure their services: secretaries, local advisers, maintenance workers ...
2.- Until the newly passed legislation, those “private” workers (opposed to the diplomatic representatives of the concerned country) were not linked to any Joint Committees.
As a consequence, neither specific sectorial regulations had to be observed for these workers, nor the nationwide agreed collective bargaining agreements.
This “favorable” treatment is, as from last February, over.
3.- Indeed, according to the new legislation, in summary, the workers assigned to the private management of the embassies are now linked to a Joint Committee.
The competent Joint Committee for those workers will be the JC 337 for the non-profit sector, if they cannot be linked to others JC.
4.- “Fortunately”, the JC 337 is not the more prolific Joint Committee regarding the benefits of its workers (yet).
However, the main impact will be the obligation for the embassies to follow the provisions of the nationwide collective bargaining agreements regulating for instance : minimum wages, motivation of the dismissal, control of the use of the IT devices …
A lot of changes ahead !
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